Perhaps it's because they're so many other pressing issues in the news right now, but Iraq has crept its way back into the spotlight. Ever since that al-Baghdadi guy (leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq) was captured, many expected to see violence levels drop. Yet, quite the opposite has happened.
Over the past month, we have seen a lot of suicide attacks in the Shia areas--some even neighborhoods that are controlled by the Saddarists. However, today's attack has been targeted at a Sunni community in Baghdad, once controlled by al-Qaeda.
Iraq the unraveling? Only time will tell. But if you had to force optimism on the situation, al-Qaeda gives purpose to the Sons of Iraq program. This means that the Shia-led government of Maliki can continue to put-off integrating these guys while they continue to "take care of radical Sunni elements" (AKA al-Qaeda in Iraq).
But fear not my people, the